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October 31, 2018

While other people are “scared” by the skeletons, spiders, ghosts, and pranks, Nutritionists are more scared by what traditional Halloween sugary foods are doing inside your kid’s body. Remember, it’s ok to indulge in treats once in while; but don’t forget to practice moderation.

Check out the tips below to help you take the scary out of Halloween’s sugar rush:

 

  • Focus on the experiences: Halloween is supposed to be about the spooky, scary and paranormal, not the sugary, salty and high-in-cholesterol. Enjoy a classic Halloween night with the kids: take them to a haunted house, go on a ghost walk around the city, visit a pumpkin patch and choose the perfect pumpkin to carve, or simply watch a scary movie. These activities were once the quintessential Halloween must-dos — let’s bring them back from the undead.
  • Instead of giving candies and chocolate, pass out other fun items such as glow-sticks, mini bags of (organic) popcorn, or even fun spooky accessories … think vampire teeth, plastic spider rings, or spooky stickers. 
  • Wait to buy your candies – buy them the day of to avoid being tempted. Buy less than you think you need to avoid leftovers.  You can also buy the ones YOU don’t like, that way you will not be tempted to eat them.
  • Make sure you have a super healthy dinner before you send your kids trick or treating, they will be less incline to eating candies or chocolate while they are trick or treating.
  • Send your kids with a smaller bag or a small Halloween bucket, that way there will be less to manage.
  • Go through the bag and ration the candies and only allow them sweets on special occasions. You can mix small bits of chocolate with air-popped popcorn, that way they will get less sugar in one bite.
Posted in Nutrition, Uncategorized by Carole Woodstock
August 31, 2018

Look beyond the Chia Pet and discover the new milenium’s superfood!

The 1980’s Classic

In the 1980’s did you own a chia pet? Ever think that there might be a gold-mine of nutrition in that plant and terracotta animal you were watering? Time to flip that chia pet on its head…

Chia seeds are grey/black in color and can easily be mistaken for poppy seeds. You can find them at the health food store, Bulk Barn or in the organic section of your local grocery store. They might be more expensive than other seeds but become cost effective because they are universal: you can add them to just about any meal or dish. But why would you want to introduce chia seeds into your life? Well, get ready for this: they contain 3 times MORE IRON than spinach, 5 times MORE CALCIUM than milk, 7 times MORE VITAMIN C than oranges and 15 times MORE MAGNESIUM than broccoli. Chia seeds are a great source of FIBER, rich in PROTEIN and OMEGA 3.

These miracle seeds also help balance blood sugar (so you have sustainable energy and don’t crash), are gluten free, and loaded with anti-oxidants. So you’re convinced, but where to start? Chia makes a great stand-in for eggs (one egg = 1Tbsp chia seed soaked in ¼ cup for 5 minutes; it will become gelatinous, just like an egg). Having no flavor, you can easily add chia seeds to any baking, sprinkle in your salads, mix into your pasta sauce, spoon into your porridge, and whirl into your smoothies.

 

Want a healthy dessert for your kid’s lunchbox? Try this chocolate pudding: mix 1/2 cup of chocolate almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk), 2Tbsp chia seeds and a dash of cinnamon. Add sliced bananas and wait… in a few minutes (approx. 30mins) the chia will change the consistency and expand and voila, instantly happy chocolate gulping smiles staring back at you.

Stay healthy with Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia seeds!

 

Carole Woodstock, RHN, FIS, NCCP

www.fuel4lifenutrition.com

Posted in Uncategorized by Carole Woodstock
August 16, 2018

I’m not easily motivated anymore. I used to snap to attention the minute I saw a quote – any quote. The door of my room as a teenager was full of silver-penned wisdom in a spiral pattern. I gobbled up inspirational speeches like I was starving.

These days, it takes more to move me. I’ve become a little desensitized to the parade of stock photos and inspirational phrases marching across my social media feeds. I understand that I Am Worthy. I get that I have to Persist to Succeed. So now what? I need some more good life lessons to chew on!

When I decided to go to the Can Fit Pro Fitness Conference this year, I was apprehensive but excited. Surely someone there could motivate me. I wanted to be moved.

I wasn’t disappointed. Having trouble being motivated? Try this:

  • Surround yourself with ‘better’ people. Stronger people. More flexible, more educated, more worldly, more affluent. It’s true what they say: if you’re the best in the room, you’re in the wrong room. I took an advanced flexibility class. I took a Pound: Rockout/Workout class. I learned about reflexive stabilization during the gait cycle (I know, sounds intense!). All of these seminars pushed my comfort zone, challenged my brain, and reminded me of how much I don’t know. It was bliss.

If you’re the best in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

  • Watch other people get motivated. Five of us shared an apartment. We were able to have some down time in between sessions together, sharing what we learned from our various experiences. The excitement in people’s faces and voices when they just clicked with some piece of knowledge or resonated with someone’s lecture is amazing. It’s like watching a kid open birthday presents. I get filled up by that glow, and I saw it everywhere. Lightbulbs were almost literally going off in people’s heads everywhere I looked. Looking at the ways others were moved lit me up.

Meeting of the nerd-minds between sessions.

 

  • Hit all the senses. Simply reading motivational quotes doesn’t do it for me now. But sitting in a room hearing Petra Kolber talk about Detoxifying Perfectionism using her own real life examples as well as motivational quotes is. Listening to a pump-me-up song is fine, but what’s better is holding onto a pair of RipStix and drumming the ground like a seasoned Rockstar while the music thumps through the room. Watching a Zumba class from outside the gym studio is cool, but feeling the collective energy of the dance and the music as you pass by one on the trade show floor is So. Much. Better.

    Waiting to rock the Pound class.

While I didn’t digest major life-altering messages this weekend, the content within the CanFit conference left me with lots to mull over. And despite my sensitization to motivation, I found that I was definitely spurred into action by what I saw, heard, and experienced.

 

Until next year, CanFitPro!

 

About the Author: Jen Wright is an RMT and the owner of Whole Therapy. She is an avid gym-goer and loves to lift heavy stuff.  She sees clients of all ages and stages, especially those who are engaged in bettering themselves.  She believes that pain-free is possible.  For more about Jen, click here.

July 17, 2018

Gratitude is an emotion we typically don’t pay much attention to in our busy lives. We’re vaguely pleased or feel lucky when things work out well, but that’s about it. Turns out that’s a big mistake. We’re missing out on something really important; and it’s free.  Research shows that being consciously mindful of gratitude makes people feel better in every way; physically, mentally and emotionally.

Each time we experience gratitude, it reduces stress and inflammation in our entire being, while promoting healthier mind states and immune responses. Why is this so important?  The U.S. Center for Disease Control, estimates stress plays a significant role in 90% of all health issues.

Our daily lives and memories are filled with scenery of all types. Some attractive, some not so much.  Imagine standing on a hill with two choices. We can watch the sun rise or turn the other way and take in the local dump. Either way, we’re standing in the same place, but the views and our reactions to them are very different. The emotion of gratitude changes what we notice about our lives and surroundings. In fact, recent research in major depression has shown just the act of looking for something to be grateful for has positive benefits; even if patients couldn’t find anything at that moment. Just the attempt, helped change the focus.

Try this fascinating little experiment today. For the biggest impact, share the results each day with someone close to you; a partner, friend, family, co-worker. For two weeks, commit yourself to recording at least three things you’ve noticed you’re grateful for each and every day.  It doesn’t matter how big or small the experiences they are, as long as you become aware of some feelings of gratitude each time. Nerds like myself can even track the changes in their moods and sense of wellbeing; physically, mentally and emotionally.  Simple to use tracking tools will be sent at no charge on request.

Sometimes we need something more substantial. Tools such as Emotional Freedom Techniques that act like a marriage counsellor between our conscious and subconscious minds are hugely useful.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the author to explore these and other effective tools and resources available to you.

Yours in good mental/emotional health.

The above is for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

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Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist specializing in anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage. He’s based at Whole Therapy and ECOSYS Wellness Center in Ottawa ON. Canada. Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across North America. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
June 19, 2018

Molly helped me run the hills today (in her snowflake jammies)

I’m training for a spartan race in July. It’s a bigger one than I’ve done in the past – 15 kms instead of 5. The race takes the participants up and down Calabogie Peaks, winding through 25 strategically placed obstacles along the way.

I will have to scale walls, crawl through mud, carry sandbags, throw spears, and climb ropes in my quest for the finish line.

This race will mark my return back into the realm of Being Strong, as it’s the first true test of my endurance and overall fitness since having my daughter, Finley last year. I was sedentary most of the pregnancy due to an SI joint injury, and my postpartum recovery was long and tedious as a result. There were many times over the last year when I worried I’d never be able to feel strong again. I heard a lot of “Well, you HAVE had a baby…” and “Your body really isn’t ever the same”, and “You ARE 36 now, that’s quite a few years since the last baby…”

Despite the naysaying (from others AND from myself) I pushed on with my training, stubborn in my resolve to feel capable like I once did. I looked to Trainer Jamie for help with strategic strengthening. I relied on my workout partners Bailey, Ana, and Yvette to set the bar high and motivate me with their own fitness levels. And I used my colleagues at Whole Therapy and their various chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage skills along the way when I inevitably needed my joints and muscles worked on.

And here I am, at 7am on a Saturday, 6 weeks from Race Day, with my running shoes on and my water pack on my back, looking up Mooney’s Bay hill. I’m “sprinting” (read: sloooowly running) up the hill ten times, which will likely make me want to barf. But I’ll do it anyway. Because so far, even with the obstacles of having a baby, being injured and out of shape, and being older, being strong is so much more important than giving up.

Most journeys feel metaphorically like they’re an uphill battle. This one literally is. But with a lot of training, and a little luck, I can use my success with this upcoming race to prove to myself that not only am I physically Strong Again, but I’m also mentally able to bounce back from a weak mental state to a strong, confident one.

Wish me luck.

 

About the Author: Jen Wright is an RMT and the owner of Whole Therapy. She is an avid gym-goer and loves to lift heavy stuff.  She sees clients of all ages and stages, especially those who are engaged in bettering themselves.  She believes that pain-free is possible.  For more about Jen, click here.

June 5, 2018

Today I’m sharing with you what I believe to be one of the world’s most perfect and essential foods: coconut oil. Although referred to as “oil”, coconut oil is actually a white solid at room temperature. You won’t find this in the grocery store aisle with olive and canola oils – look for it in the organic section. It’s sold in tubs (glass is best), not bottles.

This is miraculous stuff! Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a known antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. And don’t get confused with the fact that it’s a “saturated” fat. Coconut oil DOES NOT share the same concerns as butter or margarine. Rather, coconut oil can INCREASE the GOOD HDL cholesterol in the blood and will help improve the overall cholesterol ratio. It also has a positive effect on hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control.

So where do you use it? EVERYWHERE! Use it to cook instead of oil or butter: for frying, as a spread on toast, for baking (think Christmas cookies!), or for a treat added to your smoothies.

But you’re not limited to just eating it. Try coconut oil as a moisturizer – it’s loaded with vitamin E. Works as a lip moisturizer, for dry cuticles, on infants after a bath or as a scalp & hair mask. I know summer is coming but on those cold and snowy winter dog walks, try coconut oil as a protective balm for your furry friend’s paws to prevent snow clumping and keep pads from cracking.

Posted in Uncategorized by Carole Woodstock
May 24, 2018

Empathy.  The common assumption is that the more we have, the better a person we are.  As with so many things in life, an “element of truth” is a very different thing than ‘the whole truth.  As an Integrative Therapist I get to see the results of this unexamined belief.  There’s a common theme I see in clients from care giving roles; including those caring for high needs family members, therapists, social workers and counselors. They’ve never been taught the difference between empathy and compassion.

Empathy is “entering” the person’s pain with them. Compassion is caring about the person and their pain.  The outcomes of these two perspectives are drastically different when it comes to caregiver stress, burnout and long-term effectiveness.  Someone once said “it’s hard to be objective if you’re up to your ass in alligators”.  When we allow ourselves to get sucked into the emotional pool with dependants or clients, we’re no longer seeing them through clear eyes.  We become far less capable caregivers or practitioners; as well as setting ourselves up for burnout.  A touch of empathy helps inform compassion.  Too much empathy becomes toxic to ourselves and degrades our ability to effectively function in our roles.

integrative therapy

Too much empathy makes the non-swimmer jump in to save the drowning person; forgetting they can’t swim.  Compassion leads them without panic, to quickly look for safe effective ways to help; without “tunnel vision”.

Intellectually understanding these critical differences may not change the underlying programming in the subconscious. We can intellectualize all we want, but the subconscious has tremendous influence. It will repeatedly take us back to our default assumptions; particularly when stressed. For most of us, these assumptions have been laid down from very early ages.   Long before we had the ability to question what we took in as truths about how we should be and function in the world.

This is where EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and related modalities shine. Over 400 published studies including brain imaging studies have shown the power of these tools. By using these techniques, we allow the conscious and subconscious minds to safely and effectively collaborate in bringing subconscious programming into the light of day, one piece at a time. Re-examining in the here and now, the whole truth, then reconsolidating these new perceptions and understandings.

Yours in good emotional health.

 

Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist specializing in anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma and self-sabotage. He’s based at Whole Therapy and ECOSYS Wellness Center in Ottawa ON. Canada. Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across North America. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed
April 19, 2018

Somewhere in this world might be a child who had perfect parents and unbelievably good luck.  Always nurtured, never feeling insecure or threatened.  The other 99.9999% of us haven’t been so lucky.  The degree to which we are unlucky can have profound effects and cause a constant cycle of failed relationships and self-sabotage. But there is hope for those who’ve been trapped in these patterns.

Young children react to perceived threats to relationship security in one of two ways.  Of course, the degree of intensity to these reactions varies hugely from person to person and environment to environment.  For some, the subconscious assumes it needs to hang on for dear life lest they be abandoned.  As adults, the attachment style when they fall for someone is rapid bonding, becoming clingy, insecure and needy. Making the other person feel responsible for their security and happiness. This is hugely destructive and tends to drive our partner away.

The scent of desperation is not an aphrodisiac. In some cases, it’s even worse.  We become co-dependent.  This is a dead-end trap because but no one else can make us feel secure when it doesn’t match our subconscious programming.

For those with the opposite attachment style, the subconscious says “I’m not getting my emotional security needs met so I’m on my own”.  As adults, when the inevitable relationship challenges or misunderstandings occur, their tendency is to shut down or cut and run.

Most of us will have some degree of one or the other tendencies but when they’re deeply rooted and powerful we can find relationship after relationship following the same sad and frustrating patterns.

This is where energy psychology (Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT) come in.  An experienced and skilled EFT therapist will create a safe place and set of tools to allow the subconscious and conscious minds to collaborate.  Piece by piece bringing underlying thoughts and feeling feelings into the light of day.  There to be re-examined in that safe environment.

Allowing clients to quite painlessly and typically surprisingly quickly, remove the emotional power from each of the negative memories or maladaptive beliefs causing such havoc in their lives.

The following is a graphic example.  A woman was referred to me because all her life she’d felt physically and emotionally disconnected; as though she was living behind a thick glass wall.  We started with the feelings she was experiencing right that moment before beginning our 1 st session.  We then followed the trail of thoughts and feelings her subconscious felt safe revealing.

She was progressing quite rapidly then during one session she suddenly experienced an intense body memory.  She could feel her hands holding bars. Of course, scientists now know memories are stored in the body as well as the brain.  Once again we used EFT to remove the uncomfortable power of her body memory.  She then had a mental picture of standing in her crib as a little child looking at her parents sleeping in the dark. When asked what she was feeling, the answer was “unnoticed and unimportant”.  This felt painfully intense but we continued to use the EFT acupressure points while staying focused.

Step by step, the feeling faded away until there was nothing left of it.  At that point, for the first time in her living memory, she felt free to connect with the world and people around her.  Her subconscious mind now understood it was safe to do so.  These techniques hadn’t papered over her feelings.  The brain had actually re consolidated new understanding and perception.  The initial subconscious programming associated with that emotionally traumatic experience had been entirely re-written; not over-written.

Clients tend to say “that darned subconscious mind” but the subconscious mind’s just trying to keep us safe the best way it thinks it knows how; given the programming it’s received since birth.  It’s always doing its best to be your best friend and helper. EFT and PTT provide safe, simple tools to help it do a better job.

Yours in good emotional health.

March 15, 2018

Did you know that you CAN exercise while pregnant, even if you haven’t really been that active prior to pregnancy? We just have to ADJUST what you will be doing.

Important factors to keep in mind while exercising:
✔️ check your intensity – target heart rate zones should be on your radar
✔️ your intensity should be somewhat hard
✔️ you should be able to carry on a conversation throughout your workout.

FYI: Target Heart Rate Zones based on your pre-pregnancy fitness level:
❤️ low or active- target 130-145 BPM
❤️ fit – target 140-160
❤️ obese – target 100-120

💡Remember: do NOT do Valsalva manoeuvre (holding your breath while you are exerting yourself ie, lifting a box off the floor) as it can increase your blood pressure and increase your chances of non-functional diastasis recti. Instead, exhale on exertion and inhale on relaxation.

‼️Important! You are not training for a competition, YOU ARE WORKING OUT TO MAINTAIN YOUR FITNESS LEVEL.

Working out during pregnancy will help you during your labour and delivery, but it has also been shown to have positive effects on your baby and their APGAR scores!

📣Disclaimer!! STOP if you have shortness of breath, chest pain, painful uterine contractions, vaginal bleeding, gush of fluid, dizziness or faintness.

Click Here for more practical tips and helpful info on your pregnancy!

October 31, 2017

Getting a massage can be both therapeutic and relaxing. Massage allows for time to unplug, tune in, take some time for yourself. And if you’re lucky enough to have a therapist that knows their stuff, you have the added bonus of fixing stuff while you’re there.

That being said, there are things you can do to make the massage experience better. Ready?

  1. Breathe

After the therapist has left the room and you are comfortable on the table, take the time to breathe. Not just normal breathing, but the deep belly-breathing kind. Focus on expanding your belly and filling your lungs. This will help calm you down, reduce your heart rate, and tune you in to what your body is saying.

Once the massage is in session, breathe if things get painful; this helps to release tight muscles and sore spots. Holding your breath will actually make the pain worse. Think of a labouring woman – she needs to breathe through painful contractions, and so should you.

  1. Communicate

You need to tell your therapist if the pressure is too much…or too little. As aware as therapists are to client’s bodies, we can’t always tell if you are in pain. Some people are great at showing it, some aren’t. But it may not even be pain that you are in, it could be as simple as you just like lighter pressure than what we are currently giving. Remember that they can’t feel what you are feeling. Communicating what you enjoy allows the RMT to treat you more confidently and lets you leave feeling your best.

  1. Tell us to SHUT UP

Therapists often get in a mode of talking with certain clients because that’s what we have always done with said client. So when you say “I just want to relax today,” we don’t necessarily think you mean your brain as well. So tell us to shut up! We are ok with it, I promise.

 

  1. Unplug

Ever notice how your fingers itch to check your phone if you hear a beep? Distracting. Turn off your phone so you don’t hear when a message comes in; this will help keep you in the space where your body needs you to be at that moment.

 

  1. See us regularly

Funny how your body hurts less when you see someone to treat all your finicky stuff regularly, eh? Seeing a RMT on a maintenance schedule can actually decrease your chance of injury and help prevent flare ups of pain.

BONUS!

  1. Be on time

Seems like a no-brainer, but being on time is a big deal. If you are on time to your appointment, we have ample time to treat what you need done and don’t have to rush through it. This will also help you feeling better longer. Plus there is nothing worse than being frazzled because you are late. As we said, massage is therapeutic, but if done right, it should also be a relatively relaxing experience.

 

Ready to book your massage at Whole Therapy? Give us a call!

Melissa Beals is an RMT with Whole Therapy. Melissa works extensively with athletes of all levels with a goal in mind to increase their athletic performance through education and understanding of their bodies. See more about Melissa here.